Do you love Giveaways! February Giveaway!

So I can not find my usb cable to post pictures! In the meatime while I am scrambling around looking for it I am starting a giveaway. I am offering one Honey Almond Shampoo and Body Bar made by Pura Bella Naturals! You can visit my etsy shop here http://www.etsy.com/shop/purabella to see the lisitng and photos of this soap. A good friend of mine said this soap stretched a long way and worked wonderful for her family. She grated it up and added water to it in a bottle and just shook it up everytime she was ready to use it. I just make a lather in my hands and hair and make sure I rinse well. Sometimes I follow with a vinegar rinse. If you have never tried a shampoo before here's your chance! This is a little over 3 ounces and has a sweet not over powering scent of cherries almost. Scented only with essential oils this bar contains: Castor Oil, Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Spring Water, Lye, Jojoba Oil, Shea Butter, Palm Kernel Oil and honey almond essential oil.

Enter to Win this soap:  Post a comment on this post, on what your favorite scent for a shampoo would be...
Like me on facebook (Pura Bella Naturals) Become a follower on my blog. Also suscribe to feed on my blog, if you haven't already...This will get you one Entry. If you would like to enter again you can post this giveaway to your blog and send me the link to your blog where you posted about this giveaway, and post it in the comments. I will randomly select one winner by Saturday February 5th and post the winners name here. If you are selected you need to contact me within 48 hours with your mailing address, winners address must be within the  lower 48 U.S. states...you can contact me with your address on etsy or facebook page. Your address will always remain private! Thanks for your entry!


Sea Glass mobile "How To"

Besides making soap, and before making soap I have been making lots of things over the years. Most things I make for others or my family, or to sell. I have been collecting sea glass for many years on the coast here in Maine. I lov eeverything about the little tumbled unique pieces of glass.
When I was a very young girl, I remember playing near broken glass and they sparkled in the sun. I thought they were jewels! My neighbor friend and I collected them in our jewelry boxes...I sort of remember when I was told they were just pieces of broken glass and that I should never pick up glass becuase it could cut me and my young siblings could choke! Well I still like collecting glass...I have old bottles my husband has found on job sites that the ground had been dug up and I have sea glass and broken pottery just waiting to be used for something! When my husband and I tiled our bathroom I wanted to make a deco out of sea glass adn broken plates and little mirrors and such...

So back to the sea glass and the title of this post...sea glass mobile. I have decided to make this one for myself! It doesn't happen very often! Here's what I am using:
15lb moss green fishing wire
Instant Crazy Glue "home and office pen"
sea glass (if you wanted you could use tumbled glass form a craft store, sometimes the dollar stores have these as well)
an iteresting stick (mine is a slick I found heading to the wood stove until I spotted the detials of "roads" that some bugs ad made and it looks like little trails form busy workers)

You can go all small or big or mix and match them in a strand, I started out small and added larger pieces of glass. This takes a long time not a one day project (unless you don't have children etc and MAYBE this could be done in a day.) You tie a double knot around a piece of glass and make sure it's not loose and dab some glue on one side of the glass, let it dry and glue the other side. I have made only three completed strands so far. My shortest strand is about 5 inches long and will taper to the longest being abuot 10 inches. Here are some pictures and hopefully in the near future I will be posting th ecompleted project!


Soap of the month club subscription

So I have seen on etsy there are monthly soap subscriptions. I thought this was a neat idea and have decided to give it a try.  I like making different soaps and it's very possible that I may never make the same ones again. So I thought this would be an idea for those who like suprises as much as I do! I took some pictures and posted a few soap subscriptions on etsy for a 3 month soap subscription that includes shipping, gift box and a note to the recipient. The first 2 bars ship after purchase and the following soaps are sent out on the first of each month. So a fun way to give an ongoing gift! Who doesn't like getting little special gifts in the mail each month. Speaking of monthly subscriptions, I am going to start my monthly giveaways as well! Ideas are in the making and will be posted soon!


Special somethings for that Special someone! Your Valentine...

So in the soap world I have going on at my house, Valentine's day is the next special occasion coming up that I need to make soaps that will cure in time. These soap cupcakes are cold porcess made (I'll get into that more some later posts) This whole valentine's preperation I wanted to make some soap that smelled like chocolate and sweetness without the edible calories but good for your body (how do you like the sounds of that!) Of course don't eat it, it's only good for you epidermis *skin* wink. So I decided to try out some fragrance oils which are not essential oils totally different (a blog for another time) This scent is Vanilla Butter Cream. Made with saponified Oils of Olive, Coconut, and Palm Kernel. As I was taking these out of the pretty silicone heart shaped cupcake mold I discovered that only 4 out of the 12 are sell worthy...Here is a pretty one.
Here is the strange odd looking soap cupcake heart...What do you think ( ohh my computer's question mark isn't working)
Looks like a yummy smelling blob!
Not want I exactly was hoping for...

Here is a wonderful Chocolate Peppermint truffle soap Cupcake!! This smells so good, just like a Chocolate Peppermint truffle it does have real cocoa...

How a bout a whole cake!!! Chocolate Peppermint truffle cake with Vanilla Buttercream drizzle. I can make custom cakes to your liking. This bundt cake weighs 2lbs and 7 oz. Of course I am selling the slices by themselves as well and they will also be in the Seven Arts gallery the beginning of Feb. They are a little over 5 oz. and are selling for $8.75 a slice. A great gift fo rthat lover of chocolate in your life! Or it might be perfect for someone to get for you!
Little heart cut out soaps chocolate peppermint truffle...and a leaf cut out. These smell so wonderful about 2 ounces and are $3.50 ea. I am not sure if any of these will be listed on purabella.etsy.com I made these for the gallery...but maybe some would like to be on etsy as well.